Seattle, Washington prices: $20 in 1990 $59.83 in 2022

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Prices in Seattle, 1990-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in Seattle, Washington are 199.17% higher in 2022 versus 1990 (a $39.83 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2022: Seattle experienced an average inflation rate of 3.48% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, $20 in Seattle in the year 1990 would cost $59.83 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.54% during this same period, inflation in Seattle was higher.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 0%, which is significantly below the average yearly change in Seattle during the 1990-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), inflation in Seattle was much lower.

Price Inflation in Seattle, Washington since 1914

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1998 (50.08%), 1919 (31.68%), and 1918 (22.53%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power in Seattle, over time, for $20 beginning in 1990. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1990$20.00-
1991$20.000.00% **
1992$20.000.00% **
1993$20.000.00% **
1994$20.000.00% **
1995$20.000.00% **
1996$20.000.00% **
1997$20.914.54%
1998$31.3850.08%
1999$32.322.99%
2000$33.503.66%
2001$34.743.68%
2002$35.431.98%
2003$36.011.66%
2004$36.431.16%
2005$37.452.80%
2006$38.823.65%
2007$40.313.84%
2008$42.054.33%
2009$42.300.59%
2010$42.440.33%
2011$43.532.56%
2012$44.672.62%
2013$45.211.22%
2014$46.041.83%
2015$46.661.34%
2016$47.702.24%
2017$49.133.00%
2018$50.713.21%
2019$52.002.54%
2020$52.891.71%
2021$55.264.49%
2022$59.838.28%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Seattle, Washington:

Year1914191519161917191819191920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI9.2009.1929.1509.87512.10015.93318.87516.97515.65815.43315.55015.83315.87515.72515.35015.45815.40814.06712.89212.05012.19212.55012.71713.29213.25813.16713.19214.00815.75016.65016.94217.31718.64220.96722.75822.76722.90824.75025.49225.74225.78325.89226.17527.28327.90828.41728.77529.25829.71730.17530.60830.90831.78332.71734.02535.67537.28338.10039.17541.52545.95050.80053.72557.85063.65070.48382.30091.35097.68399.150102.850105.500106.675106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800106.800111.650167.567172.583178.908185.500189.175192.317194.542199.983207.283215.253224.571225.903226.640232.435238.531241.436245.853249.149254.718262.357270.789277.671282.413295.088319.514

Adjust Seattle prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Seattle, Washington was 106.800 in the year 1990 and 319.514 in 2022:

319.514 / 106.800 * $20 = $59.83

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $59.83 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Seattle, Washington).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Seattle, Washington in 1914. In addition to Seattle, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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